Business owners scramble after Texas lifts mask mandate

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As small-business owners and managers across Texas went to work Wednesday morning, they faced yet another 2021 headache: deal with losing business from customers who don’t want to wear face masks during the pandemic or from patrons who will only frequent places that require them.

The dilemma was abruptly thrust upon them after Gov. Greg Abbott announced yesterday afternoon that the state will lift its mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at

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Bed Bath & Beyond bets on in-store brands to revitalize business

Bed Bath & Beyond unveiled plans Wednesday to launch a series of in-house brands as part of its long-term effort to modernize its business amid tough competition from e-commerce outlets.

The brick-and-mortar retailer will launch at least eight new internal brands during its 2021 fiscal year. Six of the new brands will debut in the first six months of the fiscal year.

The company said its launch of thousands of products designed in-house would allow it

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German business decries gradual easing of coronavirus curbs as “disaster”

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – German business groups expressed dismay on Thursday after Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders agreed a gradual easing of coronavirus curbs but added an “emergency brake” to reimpose restrictions if case numbers get out of control.

“The results of the coronavirus summit are a disaster for the retail sector,” said Stefan Genth, chief executive of the HDE retail association.

Under the five-stage plan agreed late on Wednesday, up to five people from two households will be allowed to meet from March 8, with children under 14 exempt. Some shops, including book stores and garden centres,

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Fayetteville approves certificate for pedal pub business

Photo courtesy of Pedal Pub, which offers franchise opportunities through a partnership with bike manufacturer Fietscafe.

People in Fayetteville will soon have the option to get a drink while aboard a pedal pub, also known as a bar-on-wheels or a party bike.

City Council members on Tuesday approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Pedal Pub Fayetteville to operate its pedal carriages in certain areas in town.

The council last April approved an ordinance legalizing pedal carriages. Pedal Pub Fayetteville is the first business to seek a certificate to get started. Amber Sinclair, the local Pedal Pub

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How J&J COVID-19 vaccine differs from Pfizer, Moderna

  • There are now three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the US.
  • Pfizer’s and Moderna’s are mRNA-based, while Johnson & Johnson’s is an adenovirus.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci explained how they differ but have the same “end game.”
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The US now has authorized three coronavirus vaccines: two mRNA options from Pfizer and Moderna, and one adenovirus shot from Johnson & Johnson.

While it’s true that Moderna’s and Pfizer’s shots were more effective overall than J&J’s in trials, experts have stressed that all these vaccines share two very important statistics: zero hospitalizations and

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Wealthy Florida Keys community vaccinated before rest of state: report

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced criticism over the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Florida.
  • One wealthy community was vaccinated at an above-average pace in January, the Miami Herald reported.
  • A resident, former Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois, donated $250,000 to DeSantis a month later.
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Nearly every eligible resident of a gated community in the Florida Keys had received coronavirus vaccinations by mid-January as the rest of the state struggled to get doses, the Miami Herald reported.

Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo had vaccinated nearly all of its 65-and-over residents, according to

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